GMB Scotland welcomes Glasgow Council climb down on holiday dispute
GMB Scotland has this afternoon (Friday 20 May) welcomed Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) decision to climb-down from their changes to working time that could have cost workers up to £500 a year.
The Council has confirmed that plans to convert six public holidays into annual leave will now be dropped having made budget savings.
Yesterday, a GMB Scotland industrial action ballot closed with 72 per cent support for strike action against the plans.
GMB Scotland Officer, Benny Rankin, said: “We are pleased the council has listened to the concerns of our members and climbed-down from its imposition plan, which could have plunged thousands of low paid workers into the ranks of the working poor.
Our campaign of resistance has protected our members interests but there can be no doubt that the swingeing cuts to local government funding means the road ahead will be tough for all local government workers across Scotland.
GMB Scotland is calling on all our councils to engage positively with trade unions and their members and work with us to find alternatives to an austerity agenda that is punishing working people and their communities.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Officer Benny Rankin on 07912 560808 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.